Project Overview

Xaltocan Archaeological Project 2020

Faculty Sponsor

Santiago Juarez (


Sociology and Anthropology


This project is part of an ongoing set of archaeological investigations designed to understand how people adjusted to the various socio-political shifts following the Aztec and Spanish conquests in Xaltocan, Mexico. The 2020 summer field season will involve the analysis of artifacts excavated from a colonial courtyard of a church at the heart of the modern community of Xaltocan. We seek self-motivated and hardworking students to assist in the laboratory analysis, 3D-scanning of artifacts, and mapping. Students with fluency in Spanish and with previous coursework in archaeology are preferred, but working knowledge of Spanish is minimally required. 

Student Qualifications

It is preferred that students have some background coursework in archaeology or anthropology and working knowledge of Spanish. Most job training will be provided during the project. Students will work directly with archaeologists and laboratory staff in the quantification and measurement of ancient artifacts. We desire students with a dedicated work ethic and that demonstrate an ability to learn quickly. We strongly prefer students who speak Spanish.


Number of Student Researchers

3 students

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2020 and close on 03/11/2020

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